Who can nominate a site?
Any webmaster or site owner over the age
of 18 may nominate their site if it is in English.
What sites are eligible?
Any site in English, not containing any of the
below disqualifiers, and that serves to educate and entertain visitors can be judged. Babel Fish and
other translator sites are not sufficient. Please do not submit a site that does
not have a complete English version.
Are stand alone Award Programs
Effective August 11th, 2008 I will
evaluate stand alone Award Programs
for the Chameleon's Eye "Outta Site Award Program" Award. Stand Alone AP's that
score 65 or higher (the minimum points for the Merit Level Chameleon's Eye Award) are
eligible. Since the Chameleon's Eye Award is offered for educating in an
entertaining manner, the stand
alone AP's must offer a considerable amount of tutorial/instructional content to
be considered. Content points for this award will be derived from that content.
Some good points your site should have
The site should have a stated purpose and should
accomplish that purpose.
It should be entertaining and educational.
The content and/or presentation should pique my interest and leave me
wanting more. This does not mean it has to be a topic that interests me, but
the way it is presented should be interesting.
There should be smooth and easy navigation
through the pages. Complicated navigation may be cool to look at and be fun to
play with, but it can be difficult to use.
Links to the home page and a site map on every
page are very useful.
There should be some interactive pages, not all
Graphics text and
backgrounds should be appealing to look at,
not an eyesore. Excessive use of animated graphics is distracting and
annoying, no matter how cute they may be.
Free services if it is a commercial site. It
should offer free graphics, tutorials, care sheets, tips, etc...
Some things your
site should not have
Any "under construction" or "coming soon"
pages. Over the past ten years this site has never stopped growing and is
always "under construction". Most good websites are. It can be very
frustrating to see a link to information you are interested in on the site,
click the link, and get "UNDER CONSTRUCTION".
Any broken links.
Any copyright infringements. You must have
permission to use any material not designed by you and you must credit the
original source on your site. No WAREZ or music and/or file swapping sites.
Right click disabled - Viewing the source code is useful for verification
of copyright infringement (many free scripts require leaving a copyright
statement and link to their site in the coding. Most "No Right Click"
scripts are easily bypassed with a click of the center mouse button
followed by a click of the right button, or using view source from the
Trailing cursors, scrolling marquees, scrolling status bar, or other
distracting "moving parts" including overuse of animated graphics.
Control of my controls. This is not "The Outer Limits". Do not take
control of my computer monitor. I like my browser controls just the way I have
them set up. Please do not take my address window, menu bar, or status
bar from me.
Disqualifiers - Finding any of
these will end the evaluation
Any adult content
Any LINKS TO: adult content, inflammatory or derogatory sites, offensive or objectionable material, or illegal activity.
Any inflammatory or derogatory sites. No offensive
or objectionable material. No one-sided political content. Not everyone agrees
on issues of politics and religion and in order to prevent the impression of
favoring a particular view, this AP will not "promote" sites that only
express or unfavorably express only one side of these topics.
Any illegal activity.
Sites that only contain a listserve/group, forum or chat room, or
collection of links. There needs
to be original educational content.
Sites which require evaluators to join in order to view them are not
Sites that use a scrolling text in the status bar. I like to see where I'm
going before I leave a page.
Password protected or memberships required sites. Password or membership
required sections are permitted if there is enough content in the public
area of the site.
Sites that exist only to sell a product or service,
or that contain only forums, or only link collections are not eligible for
For complete criteria and scoring see
Specific Criteria and Scoring (It is recommended
that you follow Chammy thru the process and not skip ahead)
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